There aren’t many companies that can boast of being in business for over 350 years. They also can’t lay claim to having such as colourful history as Pickfords. Take a look at some of the highlights they experienced along the way, as well as what we feel are some of their most interesting stories.
Jack The Ripper
The 1888 series of murders that gave birth to the legend of Jack the Ripper. The nickname came from a letter written by someone who claimed to be the murderer. To this day, no one has been able to discover the true identity of the murderer. Once theory is that a Pickfords cart man, who gave a false name when being interrogated, was the murderer. Even though he was the person who found Polly Nichol’s body, he was never charged.
Transporting An Elephant
In 1957 the largest elephant in captivity was transported by Pickfords from Ayr to Yorkshire. He was loaded into a container by the team and was characterised as having a notoriously bad temper. Not only has this story been the subject of a book, it has also been serialised on BBC Radio 4.
Margaret Thatcher Privatises Pickfords
As part of the NFC, Pickfords was privatised under Margaret Thatcher. Geoff Pygall (the MD) was instrumental in purchasing the company from the government. He was aged 14 when he began working for the company and all staff were encouraged to invest in the NFC – which would go on to become one of the market leading logistics and moving services companies in the world.
Assisting With The Paddington Trail
Ahead of the release of the Paddington Film, Pickfords were appointed as the logistics provider to the Paddington trail, helping to raise £930,000 for the NSPCC.